“Apple fans don’t want to hear it. Analysts don’t want to say it. But here it is: Apple’s ready for a mighty big fall. The Borg-like fidelity of Mac zealots, coupled with misplaced enthusiasm for the firm’s nifty gadgets and a giant dose of media hype, has conspired to push the stock far beyond a rational valuation,” Seth Jayson writes for The Motley Fool in his oh-so-uniquely titled article, “Apple Is Rotten.” We get it, an apple is a fruit that could get rotten. We’ve only seen a couple hundred thousand of this exact headline so far.
“‘Think different?’ I’ve always found this key slogan in Apple’s marketing to be troubling, and not just because it shows that CEO Steve Jobs needs to brush up on his fifth-grade grammar. (Hey Stev-o, buy yourself an adverb!) It’s creepy and ironic because Mac fans — especially the ones who write me — are about as freethinking as the lovely ladies of Stepford. They’re like a pack of Moonies telling a congregation of Snakehandlers, ‘You’re brainwashed. Join us to free your mind.'” Jayson writes. “In fact, it simply means you’ve got less consumer freedom, not more. Think I’m making this up? Ha! Count the PC vs. Mac software packages at your neighborhood Best Buy. Try using your iPod with competing software. Try using any non-Apple MP3 player with iTunes. This is more than a question of tech theology: Mac’s legendary insularity